by christine victoria alexander

Thursday, January 23, 2020

THE GIRL'S BATH: PAINT

I am always working towards creating a cleaner, safer, healthier environment in my home. From buying organic produce to using non toxic cleaning products - I like to make the healthiest choice I can for me and my family. It's not always possible to dump everything and start over every time I read a health article, but whenever I buy something new I try to choose a safer option. Know better, do better.


Nearly every paint on the market contains VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds). VOCs pollute the environment and can wreak havoc on our bodies too. 👎 VOCs are everywhere now: paint, furniture, cleaning products, beauty products, air fresheners, candles, pesticides, glues, markers, gasoline, and the list goes on and on. When harmful VOC's build up in the air we experience headaches, depression, brain fog, allergies, asthma, irritated eyes, nose, throat and those are just the short term effects! We can't always control what we breathe outdoors but we do have some control over our indoor air quality and choosing products without VOCs is a huge step towards cleaner air and better health!

I started shopping around for zero-VOC paint and that's how I met Clare. Clare is an online paint store (brilliant!) perfect for people like me who a) care about the health of their home and b) get easily overwhelmed with millions of choices. They make it so easy. I ordered a handful of their paint swatches which turned out to be giant stickers you peel off and stick on your wall totally mess free! I decided on Whipped; a warm, creamy white. (They actually suggest this white for north facing rooms, which my bathroom is! See? So helpful!) I was able to buy my paint and supplies all in one place and have everything shipped for free right to my door - it really couldn't be any easier!


First impression: I was disappointed the paint still smelled when I opened the can - I thought zero-VOC would mean zero smell. Isaac said he thought the smell was not nearly as strong as other paints and seemed to go away a lot faster. It went on beautifully, covered well and I love the color - so creamy!
I felt like this paint dries a little faster so if you give it a try plan on tossing your tray liner and wrapping your roller and brush really well between coats.

Overall, I like it and would use it again. 👍 That said, I would love to see Clare improve their formula and come out with a no-odor paint. Until then, if I'm painting a room we need to get right back into (like a bedroom) I might try a zero-VOC no odor paint like ECOS Paints.


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